Shocking feeling in Europe using adapter

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Void5150, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Void5150 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am currently in Europe and have an adapter that allows me to plug in my Macbook Pro. The adapter allows a 3 prong input and has a 2 prong output. This is the only type of adapter I could find.

    When I run my MacBook Pro plugged in, I get a weird vibration or mild shocking feeling when I rub my hand against it.

    I understand this may be from grounding. My big question is, is this safe for my MacBook Pro?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gav2k, Jul 13, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2015

    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yes it's perfectly safe for your MacBook. Duck heads do not carry the earth through only the extensions do.
     
  3. lowendlinux Contributor

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    If it bothers you stop by the Apple store and get the actual Europe plug they're 12 Euro
     
  4. Big Ron macrumors 6502

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    I have the same with my rMBP. I am an electrical engineer by trade and can confirm what Gav2k says. It's all to do with the Duck head. If you look in the extension lead Duck Head you will see a couple of silver coloured strips either side of the groove. This provides a better earth. If you look at the Duck head on its own there are no strips. Don't worry its ok to use either Duck Heads.
     

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